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Court Gould, Executive Director

Court Gould is Executive Director of Sustainable Pittsburgh (SP), serving in this role since the organization's founding in 1998.  SP is a public-policy advocacy group that affects decision-making in the Pittsburgh Region to integrate economic prosperity, social equity, and environmental quality bringing sustainable solutions for communities and businesses.  

Sustainable Pittsburgh has created a diverse coalition across sectors focused on accelerating the policy and practice of sustainability among the region's businesses, municipalities, and at regional governance levels for long-term planning and development.

Sustainable Pittsburgh engages the government, private, and civic sectors on key regional issues, including: Smart Growth, Regional Equitable Development, Transportation for Livable Communities, Sustainable Business and Community Solutions.  SP's primary networks include the Champions for Sustainability (C4S) business network and the Sustainable Community Development Network (SCDN).  The principles and triple bottom line rewards of sustainability underpin Sustainable Pittsburgh's niche role.  As such, the organization's networks are a "go to" for expertise on technical issues, best practices, testimony, referrals and engagements via its innovative Sustainable Solutions ("extreme sustainability makeover") consultancy.  Mr. Gould routinely speaks on these issues and advises businesses and communities on strategies to implement the process of sustainable development.  Sustainable Pittsburgh is a recipient of the Good Government Award from the League of Women Voters of Greater Pittsburgh.

Court has worked at federal, state, and local government levels and has a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Southern California.  He has nearly 30 years experience in public policy and non-profit management and has consulted to national conservation organizations.

Mr. Gould is active in community organizations including currently serving on the boards of Growth Through Energy & Community Health (GTECH) (chair) and the Local Government Academy (past chair).  He is chair of the advisory board of the Bayer Center for Nonprofit Management, serves on the Implementation Committee of the Power of 32, and was the Greater Pittsburgh Nonprofit Partnership's first chairman.  Court serves on local, state, and national advisory committees dealing with sustainability and public policy.  He participated as a German Marshall Fund delegate in study of regional economies in Europe and also spoke at an international conference on sustainable development in Hiroshima.  Court's recent professional development includes completion of the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and earning credentials as a Professional Coach. 


Lori Butler, Executive Administrator

Lori has worked in education for seventeen years and comes to Sustainable Pittsburgh from Chatham University where she served eight years as Office Manager in the Information Technology Department.  Prior, she spent two years in executive support to the President of Chatham and also worked at Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) for seven years.  Lori has a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Chatham University and two A.S. Degrees in Computer Science and Information Processing from CCAC.  Lori has taught one-credit computer proficiency courses at Chatham University and also has taught as a Lifelong Computer Learning Instructor at CCAC’s Boyce and Turtle Creek campuses. 

Lori is well received in her community.  In the past, Lori was voted Staff Member of the Year by Boyce campus CCAC students for two consecutive years.  Additionally, she has served as a United Way Chairperson for many years, as a sponsor for the Leukemia Foundation, as a SWPA Girl Scout Leader and as Vice President of Parents for Religious Education at her church. Recently Lori has become a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of Wilmerding and a member of the Ladies Ancient Order of Hibernians in Turtle Creek. 


Rebecca Bykoski, Program Manager, Sustainable Restaurants

For the first portion of her career, Rebecca worked as a teacher in Atlanta, Georgia. A long-time advocate of environmental preservation and social equity, she returned to Pittsburgh after 11 years in public education to redirect her path toward sustainability. Rebecca obtained her B.A. in Psychology from The Ohio State University, then went on to complete her teaching certification through The University of Georgia. Her most recent degree comes from Duquesne University’s MBA Sustainability program which has led her here to Sustainable Pittsburgh.

While earning her MBA degree, Rebecca was involved in many hands-on learning opportunities that incorporated sustainability into business practices through consulting experiences with local non-profits and large global companies. Additionally, she participated in international study trips to Germany, Costa Rica, and Guatemala where she observed progressive sustainable business solutions or worked collaboratively with classmates to develop them.

Prior to returning for her MBA, Rebecca was also the sole owner and operator of a small, local granola production company, Heart of the Earth. By generating almost zero waste and sourcing products locally, Heart of the Earth was designed with sustainable values at its core and distributed through Pittsburgh area farmers markets.

Rebecca is a member of NetImpact, a community of students and leaders focused on creating positive social and environmental change. She also serves on the alumni board for the MBA Sustainability program at Duquesne University.

Matt Mehalik, Program Manager, Champions for Sustainability

Matt comes to Sustainable Pittsburgh from the University of Pittsburgh, where he served as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Industrial Engineering Department and Research Associate at the Learning Research and Development Center.  Matt has taught a variety of courses related to complex systems and the fundamentals of sustainable product innovation and design, including taking students to China and Brazil for hands on experience.  He has written multiple journal articles in the areas of engineering sustainability and engineering education, and has co-authored “Ethical and Environmental Challenges to Engineering” with Michael E. Gorman and Patricia Werhane.

Matt obtained a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering, with concentrations in innovation, ethics, and policy, from the University of Virginia (2001).  His research involved an analysis of new environmental technologies and strategies for transforming an international manufacturing network. He possesses a M.S. in Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, also from the University of Virginia. He worked for Lockheed Martin as a test engineer.

Ginette Walker Vinski, Communications Manager

For over ten years, Ginette has worked with a wide variety of individuals, community groups, municipalities, businesses, and universities in promoting environmentally responsible practices. Prior to joining Sustainable Pittsburgh, Ginette worked at the Pennsylvania Resources Council where she specialized in coordinating recycling events for "hard to recycle" materials, performed waste audits for businesses, and conducted adult education workshops, in addition to managing marketing and PR for the office. In 2005, working with the City of Pittsburgh's Office of the Mayor, Ginette helped draft legislation that created the Clean Pittsburgh Commission, a network of city departments, non-profits, businesses, and community groups working to make Pittsburgh a cleaner, more beautiful city through fighting blight. She served as an appointed member of the Commission for two years.

Ginette is the Environmental Chair for the Explorers Club of Pittsburgh and serves on the Advisory Board for the Master of Science in Environmental Studies at Point Park University. She holds a B.S. in Business Administration (Technology Marketing) from Duquesne University.

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